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    Friday 01 August 2014

    A solid day’s batting by Warwickshire meant that leaders Leicestershire had to be content with a draw in the Second XI Championship game at Ashby Hastings CC.

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Robson forces follow on but Durham claim draw

Second XI Championship result: Durham 230 and 318-8 dec drew with Leicestershire 388-7 dec. Durham 8 points, Leicestershire 11 points.

Leicestershire Second XI made Durham follow on but the hosts batted out the remainder of the final day to claim a draw at Darlington CC.

Durham resumed Day three under sunny skies with nine wickets down needing a further nine runs to save the follow on. Angus Robson (8.1-0-16-3) struck with the first ball of the morning, having Jamie Harrison caught at second slip by Ben Raine.

Durham therefore trailed by 158 and County shuffled their bowlers regularly in the morning session, and it paid dividends with Durham going into lunch on 109-3 from 32 overs. At that time, County had the whiff of a win in their nostrils.

Wickets to fall were: Jack Clark (10), comprehensively bowled by Atif Sheikh, Keaton Jennings (19) caught at slip by Raine off the first ball delivered by Harry Bush, and Usman Arshad (2) superbly caught by Robson running back from mid on to take the catch over his shoulder off Rob Sayer.

Durham skipper Rammy Singh (39) went in the ninth over of the afternoon session, having his middle stump uprooted by Karl Turner. Durham were now 125-4, with a minimum of 52 overs remaining in the game.

Singh had shared a partnership of 79 with Stuart Poynton and an obstinate alliance developed, again of 79 between Poynton and Paul Coughlin.

Poynton moved serenely to 50 (10x4) from 82 balls, and then hit the accelerator to move to 100 (18x4) from 127 balls. After reaching his century, Poynton was out to the next ball he received, caught by Tom Wells in the slip cordon off Robson.

Durham were now 204-5, 47 ahead with a minimum of 38 overs remaining. Coughlin (56) was next to go caught by keeper Oliver Steele, diving to his right to take a one handed catch off Ollie Freckingham, who was operating for the first time in the match from the Terrace End. Coughlin's 50 (7x4) had come from 56 balls.

Durham were 251-6 with a minimum of 24 overs remaining and a partnership of 44 for the seventh wicket between Andrew Ireland and Matt Parker effectively put the game out of County's reach. Parker (28) going to a collectors' item, a wicket for Lewis Hill, who has kept wicket for the team on many occasions, in his only over.

With the game now destined for a draw, Sayer bowled Ruel Braithwaite (2) to leave Durham on 308-8. After entering the final hour of the game, 3 overs were bowled before the teams shook hands on a draw, Durham closing on 318-8. Ireland 36 not out and David Foster 6 not out.

Bowling figures returned for Leicestershire: Nathan Buck 1-0-1-0: Freckingham 6-0-30-1: Sheikh 11-3-29-1: Sayer 26-3-84-2: Bush 5-2-12-1: Robson 15-4-65-1: Wells 7-2-17-0: Turner 8-2-30-1: Aadil Ali 3-0-30-0: Raine 2-0-12-0: Hill 1-0-2-1.

Pete Johnson

 
 

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